Ecchi


       This episode begins with Keita and his two sisters celebrating at a karaoke parlor, and it just so happens that his sisters have gone to the trouble of making Santa outfits for the occasion.  The reason that the sisters give for the occasion is shake Keita out of his depressed emo mood. After the sisters take a break from singing they try to get Keita to sing.

        After drinking some Oolong tea, Riko asks Keita if the tea tastes strange, then Riko suddenly passes out.  Ako then realizes that this must be the adult Oolong tea, and concludes that Riko must be really bad with alcohol. Ako tells Keita that they might as well just enjoy the tea, and after they’re both nice and toasty Ako tells Keita that she needs to pee. Keita tells her to just hurry up and go, but Ako’s legs won’t work properly. Keita offers to help Ako to the bathroom but she would rather crawl, so she crawls off to the bathroom.

       Just as Ako crawls off to the bathroom Riko finally wakes up and tells K that she also has to go to the bathroom but can’t hold it in. Well, Keita tells her the owners will be mad if she goes inside the room, then Riko and asks Keita if he’ll drink it? Well, Riko settles for asking Keita for an empty plastic bottle. Well, he says it’s impossible so Riko says she’ll just go here, and she says she hasn’t wet her pants since preschool.

     Keita decides it’s better to carry Riko to the bathroom instead of letting her pee her pants, and when Ako sees Keita carrying Riko past her she envies the princess carrying style.

      When Keita finally gets Riko inside the bathroom she plays up her intoxication getting Keita to remove her panties so she can pee, and once they’re off she tells Keita that is thing has gotten big. Keita finally gets her to go and when she’s finished she gets on Keita’s case for staying in the bathroom when he could have left and as punishment she tells him to hurry up and wipe her off.

       Keita starts to get really flustered and confused and she asks him what the problem is since she’s his sister. Riko tells him to remember back to when they were young and he was still pissing his bed and Riko and Ako had to take care of him, so he can return the favor this one time. Keita asks Riko if she’s sure it’s just pee down there and she tells him to hurry up and find out. Just as Keita begins to wipe her off Ako knocks on the door wondering what’s taking so long, breaking Riko’s moment of exaltation.

      As Keita is leaving the bathroom Ako gets a glimpse of the situation and Keita says she has it wrong but one glance at Keita’s pants confirms her worries and Riko says it’s exactly what it looks like.

       Back inside the karaoke booth, Riko’s fallen back asleep with a very nice smile on her face. Well, Keita is bummed out because Ako thinks something happened inside the bathroom so he starts to drinks heavily and Ako apologies to him. Then Keita places Ako on his lap and tells her to share some of her cheerfulness with him by mouth to mouth. After a few seconds thought, Ako thinks it’ll be alright for her to enjoy Keita by herself, and after a few minutes of kissing Keita wants Ako to work on his tongue then he returns the for her.  After a little while, the drunken Keita pulls Ako’s top down and tells her that he’s going to see how excited she gets when doing these things and proceeds to go to work on her twin peaks. He starts off a bit rough, but after a hint from Ako he gets gentle and asks her if it’s OK for a brother and sister to do this?

       Well, Ako tells Keita that she’s a sister Santa for now. Keita eventually works the rest of Ako’s outfit off and is about to go to work on her lower half when she gets a telephone call from the front desk saying that their time is up in five minutes, Ako asks for an extension, but the front desk tells her they’re booked solid so they have to leave, and when Ako looks over to Keita she sees that he’s asleep.

      When Ako returns to Keita’s side she bops him upside the head for falling asleep then she heads to the bathroom to take care of a moisture problem lamenting that if she knew it would have turned out like this she would have brought some spares.

     On their way back from the karaoke bar, Keita tells his sisters that he doesn’t remember a thing but he doesn’t feel stressed out anymore, and he thanks them for their help. As the episode ends, Ako and Riko bicker over what the other sister did with Keita, and Ako is still dealing with her moisture problem. Well, that’s all for this OAV.

       Well, I’ve always liked Kiss x Sis because of its playful execution of the wincest trope. While Keita relationship with Ako and Riko isn’t truly incest because they’re his step-sisters and it’s about as close as you can get without stepping into the creepy territory of Koi Kaze (real incest). In the previous two episodes of Kiss x Sis I’ve ripped on Keita for his lack of a man card, his parents say go for it, his step-sisters say go for it, his male classmates say go for it, even his own body says of it, and what does he do? Nothing. Well, in this episode he finally decides have a little taste of forbidden fruit, but only because he’s drunk, and to make matters worse, he doesn’t remember anything. I almost wish that I could swap Keita with Touya (the scumbag from White Album), Keita would make a better boyfriend for the pure and virginal Yuki, and Touya would have already passed his twin entrance exams and both Ako and Riko would be worring about buying diapers instead of making cosplay outfits. Eventhough I hate weak male leads in harem and love triangle anime, I like both Riko and Ako because those girls know what they want and they actualy go for it. What makes Kiss x Sis frustrating is that Ako and Riko offer Keita the perfect male fanstay of hot willing girls and he doesn’t have the sack to take advantage of a situation that could never exist but you wished it could.

Kana chan sweeping the floor

       Being an episodic anime blogger who works full time really limits my ability to sample every new anime that’s released, so after picking my 3-4 series I’ll blog episodically, and chosing the other 10-12 series that I’ll watch but not write about, I generally look towards other bloggers’ opinions to see if I’ll add anything to my watch list.

      Generally, this system had worked quite well for me until now, but with Kanamemo it failed. As the new anime season began, most of the bloggers that did a “first look” post of Kanamemo rated the series as one of the worst of the year, so I didn’t bother with Kanamemo. But, the other day I had some time on my hands and several episodes of Kanamemo on the computer so I watched the first episode and fell in love with the series.

the kanamemo crew

A short description on Kanamemo’s plot and main characters.

Plot–   Kanamemo is the story of thirteen year old middle school student Kana, who up until now had been living with her grandmother because her parents died early in her life. Recently, Kana’s grandmother passed away and after the funeral some moving men show up at her house and start hauling away her grandmother’s furniture.

       Kana not being the smartest person in the world assumes that the movers will soon try to grab her and put her up for sale, so Kana rushes into her room and loads up a small bag with some of her clothes and rushes out of the house. Then Kana proceeds to search for a job that provides room and board, as Kana passes a newspaper delivery office she sees a help wanted sign offering room and board, but she runs away when she sees two of its female employees kissing outside the office.

       Kana then keeps looking for a job but is turned down either because of her age or that she needs to show permission from her parents or guardian. As night approaches, Kana finds herself walking past the newspaper office when she gets slammed into and knocked unconscious by one of the employees returning from her route by bike.

       When Kana wakes up she finds herself inside the office surrounded by its female employees. At first, the office chief offers Kana a job, but withdraws the offer temporally when she finds out that Kana is only thirteen. After hearing about Kana being a orphan with one to look after her, the chief gives Kana the job and just kind of forgets to fill out all the proper paperwork. Soon, Kana spends her days learning her job, attending school, cooking the office meals, and becoming part of the family of misfits who work and live at the newspaper office.

The cast of characters.

Kana-A thirteen year old orphan and middle school student, a very good cook, and  a very sweet but not very smart girl.

Saki-The assistant chief of the office, and the only company manager that we ever see; while she’ only a fifth or sixth grader she is by far the most mature person working in the office.

Yume-Is a college age girl who attends a  patisserie academy, she puts way too much sugar in everything she cooks. Yume and Yuuki are a openly lesbian couple and show their affection for each other in public.

Yuuki-Is a college age girl who also works at the newspaper, but it’s never shown what college, if any, she attends. Yuuki is Yume’s lover and she is very jealous if anyone gets too cozy with Yume.

Haruka-Is a college student who studies bio-fermentation, she is always seen drinking some form of  intoxicating beverage. Haruka is a lesbian who has a weakness for cute girls between the ages of eight and fifteen. She is constantly hitting on Kana and getting smacked around by Saki and Hinata for her advances on Kana.

Hinata-Is a college age girl who has failed her entrance exams for two straight years, she works hard and thinks a lot about money but tends to try and get more money by gambling , playing raffles, and entering contests.

Kanamemo is all about family

For me, Kanamemo is about the value of having a “family” and not being alone.

       Yes, your Honor, the verdict is in and Kanamemo has been found guilty on all charges. Yes, Kanamemo is loaded with silly tropes, a unrealistic plot line, unbelievable characters, and just plain silliness that could never happen in real life but Kanamemo works for me. First and foremost, Kanamemo is about the value having some sort of family that cares for you, looks after you, keeps away the loneliness, and is non-judgemental and supportive. While the newspaper office is populated by a strange cast of weird girls, they form a “family” unit that works for them, and they’re happy with their arrangement. Many critics have been very mocking of the unrealistic nature of Kana’s situation saying that she must have other relatives to care for her, or her grandmother must have had money, or that the state would have sent her to some institution or boarding school for kids in her situation. But, I would rather see Kana being part of a family of misfits than going home alone each night to an empty house or a lonely boarding room at some school (think of Orihime from Bleach at home alone every night).

        Another thing I like about Kanamemo is that while most of the girls attend some sort of school or college the series doesn’t spent much time showing the girls’ attending school, and while the girls work six days a week doing early morning and late evening newspaper delivery that’s still a small part of the show. School and work issues in Kanamemo only function to have the girls interact with themselves as a “family” unit, they greet each other before work, eat their breakfasts and dinners together, take trips to the public bath together, and generally hanging out in the evenings together before bed. Also, the employees of Kanamemo function as a full family in the respect that they do all the things a normal Japanese family would do together, such as, celebrating the Japanese holiday of Obon.

      I guess, in the end, that I’m a sucker for the ‘family is were you make it” types of anime like Eureka 7, Brigadoon, Maison Ikkoku, and Clannad, which place as much value on the closeness of your relationships with your friends as you would with your normal family, in affect your friends and companions become your real family.

Notes about Japanese newspaper delivery. I did a little bit of research on this topic and found that over 90% of Japanese households take a daily paper, and about 35% of households take both a morning and evening paper. Also, since the papers are delivered very early in the morning and late evening it’s one of the jobs that are considered to be compatible with a student’s schedule with over 45% of the delivery employees being students and almost half of all delivery employees being female. A typical Japanese biking/walking delivery route has about 200 delivery points and takes about two hours in good weather to complete. Also, the delivery person is not paid a large amount of salary, I read a little ditty written by a college age newspaper delivery boy and he said he made less than 22,000 per year before the company deducts any fees they may charge for the use of a company dorm or other such living arrangements, and of course, taxes.  

Riko under the covers  

       This episode starts off with Keita having a dream of him and his sisters having a “nice” visit to the beach. When Keita pulls a small octopus from the water, it’s mother or father begins to have its why with his two sisters as punishment, and just as the dream is getting good Keita is awaken by a kiss from Ako.

Ako and Riko at the beach

look out girls Ako is attackedRiko is attacked

the twin attack

Ako's wet kiss

       After Keita gets over his shock, he chews out Ako for being so physically forward with him. Ako just ignores him and tells him he has to get up or he’ll be late, and when she pulls back his blanket she finds her sister underneath.

Riko under the covers what are you doing thereRiko good morning rub

       As Keita is heading off to school his step-mother tells him that he’s the talk of the neighbor because everybody knows about how his sister’s confessed their love to him at school. She says that she’s not trying to be nosey but she’s just wondering who’s going to be his choice, Ako or Reiko? He says that its not right because they’re siblings, but his father says that step-brothers and step-sisters are just like any other man or woman. His step-mother tells him to hurry up and chose because the whole neighborhood has bets on his choice.

who's your choicecome here lover hurry up and chose

did you go for it

      At school, Keita’s friends notice that he’s been sleeping most of the class and they ask him about his sisters? His friends let their erotic thoughts run wild with all the yummy possibilities his two sisters represent, Keita gets angry at them but they tell him that healthy males should want action with hot girls. The more that Keita tries to put erotic thoughts of his sisters out of his mind the more they creep in, he even injuries his hand by hitting it on a desk to drive those thoughts from his head, and his friends notice this fact.

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Keita thinking of his sisters

       When Keita returns home he finds his sisters inside his bedroom, they tells him if they waited till he got home to visit him he wouldn’t let them in. When Riko notices that he hurt his hand she grabs his hand and sends him some good healing vibes, and soon Ako jumps on him and gives him a mouthful of love saliva. During Ako’s assault on Keita’s mouth she manages to fall on him further injuring his hand, and later the sisters offer their apologies and their assistance to Keita.

 poor Keita hurt his handI'll make it feel betterthis kiss will make it better

we sorry and we'll take care of youeye catch 01eye catch 02

         Keita heads off to the bath where he finds himself unable to wash himself with just one good hand; he thinks about asking his sisters for help but gives up on that idea.  As Keita is leaving the bath a naked Riko walks in on him, followed by a school swimsuit clad Ako, Riko compliments Ako on her use of such an imouto item. Once Keita has had enough of the girls, he gets up to leave, and the two girls fall on top of him, Ako’s forbidden zone lands on Keita’s face, and Riko’s treasure chest lands on Keita’s hand. The double erotic stimulation seems to bring satisfaction to each girl, but its too much for Keita to handle and the turtle comes out of its shell and Keita has a nosebleed explosion.

Keita in the baththe power of the swimsuitthis is much better

here take a peek

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Riko on Keita's hand

Riko getting some hand actionRiko getting some finger workRiko getting that feeling

Riko having the big O

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      The next morning Keita wakes up in his bed and he finds a letter of apology under his alarm clock from Ako, she says she’s sorry for his injuries and he should let her take care of him. Under Ako’s letter, there’s another letter from Riko telling him that she washed his underwear and that she was probably the cause of his wet dream.

the letter from Akothe letter from Rikochecking for his underwear

      After school, Keita goes to see a doctor and he finds his two sisters waiting in front of the doctor’s office, they figured that he’d go see a doctor and wanted to be there for him. They tell him that they’ll do anything to help him, and Riko he goes as far as showing him that she’ll frap him off. This is too much for Keita, as he turns to leave, Ako grabs his injured hand to stop him, and once she figures this out she lets go and poor Keita falls down the office steps. As poor Keita is in a heap at the bottom of the steps he tells his sisters that he’ll never be able to study at this rate. Well, that’s all for this episode.

we're here to help yououch my handoh shit I'm falling

        Well, Kiss x Sis is back and the fanservice is even higher then in the first OAV. Kiss x Sis is a male dream world come true, living with two smoking hot step-sisters that want to jump your bones, and even your parents are giving you the thumbs up. It can’t get any better than this, right? Wrong, our hero seems to be slightly morally conflicted, even though his parents, friends, neighbors, and sisters are giving him the go for it sign he still tries to think of his horny sisters as regular sisters. But, what I mean by Keita being slightly morally conflicted is that he’s actually getting very turned on by his sisters’ actions and in the bath scene he even seems to go with his sisters’ flow, or at least he helped them flow.

       I know that the purpose of this anime is for us male viewers to say that Keita is an idiot because we’d hit both those sisters, and it’s having the desired affect on me. I would nail both Ako and Riko separately and together, and I would even have them do some yuri action before I jumped in to the fray. But, the whole premise of the series is to keep us saying I’d hit that while the lead refuses to give in to his male urges. So, I’ll give Keita one bit of advice, the only bad sex is having no sex at all.

If you would like to read the manga feel free to follow the links below to read several chapters of Kiss x Sis.

Kiss x Sis Chapters 1-6Kiss x Sis Chapters 7-14, Kiss x Sis Chapters 15-22

Dark Ameri is kind of hot 

        This episode begins with Yuuri having a dream about his past where he and Ameri promised each-other that they would always be together. Then in middle school it looks like Ameri started to distance herself from Yuuri, and he wonders what happened to their promise. Later, while Mashiro is giving Yuuri a massage, Nue tells them that they aren’t ready to battle the other monsters yet, they barely managed to beat her and she was the weakest of the bunch. Ameri gets pissed off at Mashiro for giving Yuuri the massage, and because she keeps saying she’s Yuuri’s wife.

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You're not strong enough 

       While Mashiro is out shopping with Yuuri she overhears some women talking about how women in a nearby town are being attacked by some monster. After school, Ameri invites Yuuri and Sankuro to hangout with her, and Yuuri agrees until Mashiro calls him and says she wants to investigate a nearby town. When Sankuro and Ameri are walking home he notices that she’s not happy, he tells her to just tell Yuuri how she really feels, but Ameri says it might be too late. When Mashiro and Yuuri meet outside the school, Yuuri comments that she looks tired so why don’t we forget about the Tayutai and go have some fun. We see that Ameri is watching and listening to their conversation from around a corner. Later, we see that Sankuro has come up with a plan to get Yuuri and Ameri together, he invited Yuuri to go shopping with him and he gives Ameri two tickets to a motorcycle movie and leaves.  When Yuuri shows up, Ameri works up her courage and asks Yuuri to see the movie with her, he turns her down saying that he promised Mashiro that he would take her to a museum. When Mashiro shows up, Yuuri asks her if she wants to go to a movie with him and Ameri? Yes. Ameri gets really upset, she says why does Mashiro have to come with them, and she runs off in tears.

Just tell him how you feelhere's two movie ticketshere's to your victory

why does she have to come along

        Later, Mashiro goes to Yuuri and asks him if Ameri might like him? He asks Mashiro if she means in a romantic way? Yes. Yuuri says there’s no way, they’ve know each other since they were kids, it’s not possible. Mashiro says that Yuuri’s wrong and she wants to have a serious talk with Ameri. When Yuuri tries to call Ameri he finds that she’s blocking his calls, and he gets pissed off at Ameri and jumps on his bike and says he’s going to find out what her problem is, Mashiro tries to stop him but he doesn’t listen and leaves anyway. While riding in the rain, Yuuri spots Ameri and he stops and asks her what is she thinking, they get into a big argument over Mashiro, Ameri calls her a monster and she asks Yuuri if it’s pity. He tells Ameri to take it back now, but she runs off in tears (Yuuri is a blockhead).

does Ameri like youYou're wrong Ameri does like youGoing to see Ameri

         Then we see the Tayutai that has been killing women on the prowl, he complains that people don’t have enough spiritual energy to fill him up. He senses some strong energy and goes to investigate, then he attacks a girl who turns out to be Ameri. As she being attacked by that guy another human looking Tayutai destroys the other one and saves Ameri, he tells her that she’s the one he’s been looking for.

 taking out her angergive me your energythose nasty tentacles

leave her alone

       The next day, Yuuri has cold from searching for Ameri all night, and when Yuuri is talking with Sankuro, Ameri rushes up to him and apologises to him for last night. When Ameri notices that Yuuri has a cold, she again apologises and touches him, and some sort of energy transfer from her to him making him feel better. As dark clouds form above the school, Ameri tells Yuuri that it’ll all be over soon. Yuuri notices that all his friends are frozen so he makes his way outside where he finds Nue, Mashiro, and Kisaragi. Nue says that the dragon got lucky and found someone with high spiritual energy, so they better run away. Kisaragi gets pissed off at Nue for wanting to runaway, and Nue removes her protection from Kisaragi, freezing her in place, she tells them that since she made a friend she doesn’t want to lose her, she grabs Kisaragi and runs off.

I'm sorry about last nightit'll all be over soonyou can't win 

       Mashiro and Yuuri face the dragon alone, Mashiro uses some of her power to attack the dragon and when she calls on Yuuri for his power she finds that he’s unable to do anything, something been done to him. The dragon attacks Mashiro while Yuuri looks on helplessly, finally Yuuri is able to break whatever is binding him and he is able to aid Mashiro. When Yuuri reaches the unconscious Mashiro he looks up and sees a dark winged Ameri hovering above them. Then the scene switches to the school’s nurse’s office where Yuuri wakes up to find that Kisaragi and Ameri are by his side, and a injured Mashiro is in a bed next to him. He asks Ameri about her wings and she tells him that he must have been seeing things because of the blow to his head. Well, that’s all for this episode.

the drangon attacks

Attacking the dragonMashiro is attacksYuuri is unable to help

wake up Mashiro

you're finaly awakeMashiro is next to himit's just the bump on your head

         Well, here we are, it was quite apparent from the beginning of the series that Ameri going to play the role of the girl next door in this harem, but I didn’t figure that Ameri would also be the promise girl from Yuuri’s childhood. Or should I restate this to call Ameri the broken promise girl from Yuuri’s childhood? I know that this is an overused premise in anime, and some bloggers like omisyth  dislike the childhood promise trope, but I’m a sucker for it. Some of my favorite television shows, anime, and movies like Forest Gump, Love Hina, Little House on the Prairie  and many others use some form of the childhood promise/childhood pledge of love to drive the story forward.

        I think the reason why I like the whole premise of the childhood pledge being included in the story is that it raises the level of the storytelling to fairytale levels. I know that most childhood promises/pledges of love are soon forgotten, but when the do come true they become part of family lore that is passed down through the generations. I think that every family has some story about how some relative met their spouse at a very young age and they eventually married and stayed together for 40  or 50 years, but Ameri’s and Yuuri’s childhood story has a little twist to it.

      As we saw in this episode, Ameri and Yuuri made a childhood promise to always be together, and they seemed to keep that promise up until middle school. We saw from Yuuri’s memories that at some point he felt that Ameri slowly started pulling away from him, his memories are probably right but his conclusions were most likely wrong. It seems from his memories that he felt that Ameri was breaking her promise to him, but her pulling back was more likely caused by a difference in maturity levels between them. We all know that girls mature at a some what faster rate than boys, so I assume that Ameri’s pulling away was caused by her becoming romantically/sexually attracted to Yuuri while he still viewed Ameri as a girl friend and not a girlfriend, and because of Ameri’s youth and inexperience she didn’t know how to react to her new feelings so she pulled back. Now a couple of years later, Ameri is still in love with Yuuri and views him as her property, and Yuuri still views Ameri  as a close childhood friend. So, now along comes Mashiro, the new girl who’s not afraid to show some physical affection towards Yuuri, and he responds to her actions. Now, poor Ameri is all angry and flustered because Mashiro has managed to get romantically and emotionally closerto Yuuri in a couple of weeks than she’s managed in about ten years. Well, it’ll be interesting to see whether the magical girl or the promise girl gets the guy in the end. 

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        This episode begins at Flawless with Kisaragi apparently doing battle with a Tayutai, she tries her best but she can’t seem to do it any harm. When the Tayutai has Kisaragi in a helpless position it starts laughing at her and just goes away on it’s own. Then get a skit between Ameri and Mashiro involving panties, it seems that Mashiro never figured out that panties are a integral part of modern girl’s clothing, and Ameri asks Mashiro if it was breezy in her school uniform? Finally, after much stress on Ameri’s part, Mashiro agrees to wear panties, and Ameri will even loan Mashiro a pair of her own. A little while later, Yuuri walks in on Mashiro’s and Ameri’s’ panty session, and he gets the once over from Ameri.  Yuuri gets all hot and bothered from listening to the two girl discuss panties when they get a visitor to the house, Kisaragi.

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       Kisaragi takes Mashiro to flawless where she shows her the aftermath of the battle with the Tayutai, Mashiro tells her that it was one of the three strongest and that normal humans can’t beat it. Kisaragi gets even more upset when she finds out from Mashiro that they’ll need Yuuri’s spiritual powers to defeat it because Flawless has always protected itself. Kisaragi doesn’t like the idea that Yuuri’s long linage means something, she isn’t ready to buy the idea that inherited traits and experiences mean more than work (?). Later Kisaragi stops at Yuuri’s house to see him, and she watches him maintain and repair his  motorcycle, Kisaragi makes asks him some rude questions and she gets chewed out by Ameri and Yuuri asks her to leave. Later, as Kisaragi is taking the train back to Flawless, she thinks that she may have judged Yuuri without really knowing anything about him.

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       The next night, Flawless is infiltrated by the same Tayutai from before, and it places some spider-like mini-demons around the school and it also looks like it’s been stealing some of the student’s panties. The next day we see that Kisaragi and Yumina are observing Mashiro and Yuuri training, but it seems that she doesn’t ask them for their help. Later, we see Kisaragi standing before Flawless’s student body talking about how they’re going to police the grounds. Then we see that Kisaragi has brought Mashiro and Yuuri (dressed as a girl) to the school’s grounds, while the students are posted all over the campus, Mashiro and Yuuri-ko go inside to do a sweep of the dorms. Mashiro and Yuuri soon encounter Nue (one of the big three), Nue says that they walked right into her trap, and she begins to attack Mashiro. Poor Mashiro is soon getting the tentacle treatment (nothing goes better with panties than tentacles) from Nue, Yuuri wants to help her but Kisaragi asked him to hide his powers until she gives a signal.

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      When Kisaragi gives the attack signal, all the girls begin to kill those little spiders that Nue placed all over the school’s grounds, and thoose attacks seem to weaken Nue so Mashiro is released from Nue’s tentacles. Kisaragi shows up and tells Nue that she can sense Tayutai and their powers to some extent, and she tells Nue that she knew it was a trap and setup one of her own traps for Nue. Kisaragi uses the school sprinkles to neutralize Nue’s lighting attacks, Mashiro uses her spiritual power to trap Nue inside the building, Kisaragi uses her sword to wound Nue, and Yuuri uses a punch laced with his powers to finish her of. When Nue vanishes, a small Tayutai that looks like a human girl appears, Mashiro says that’s Nue’s true form. Nue stole the panties from the students because they look cute and she wanted to try them on, and we find out that she took her other form to keep from being bullied by humans or Tayutai. Kisaragi makes her a deal, if Nue follows the rules she’ll protect her if anyone tries to hurt or bully her.

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        Nue doesn’t believe that humans will keep their promises, so Kisaragi makes a bet with her, if Kisaragi keeps her promise for three days then they have a deal. Later, at Yuuri’s house, we see Mashiro, Nue, Yumina, and Ameri going through the panty selection process, Nue likes the red lacy ones, Yumina likes a pair that’s white with a bear picture on it (WTH, is that what I think it is?) which Nue calls childish. Soon, Mashiro and Nue are in a shouting match about which panties are more daring, and how she’s gonna show them to Yuuri for his approval. Yuuri’s father magically appears in the room and he begins to give his opinion on which type of panties turn men into animals. The whole time this is going on, Yuuri and Kisaragi are outside the door listening to the whole thing, Yuuri is getting very excited about the panty talk until he figures out that his father is in the room and he goes off. Kisaragi calms him down by talking to him about his motorcycle, and soon Mashiro and Nue are chasing each other around the room like little kids. Well, that’s all for this episode.

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        Well, I really enjoyed this episode compared to episode 3, which I felt wasted a lot of time on nothing, but this episode hit all the right harem buttons for me. Firstly, this episode had plenty of ecchi humor, I love how shocked Ameri was over Mashiro’s lack of panty usage, it was to be expected that Yuuri and his father might forget to explain a little detail like panty usage to a teenaged girl, or maybe it’s a secret desire to keep all the female visitors to the Mito household nice and breezy. And speaking of panties, I assume that all those panties are Ameri’s, if so, she sure has hell has a lot of panties. If I was Yuuri, I would make a game out of trying to guess what type of panty she’s wearing that day,  like Kusanagi from Blue Seed does with Momiji. I slso liked how Yuuri got all hot and bothered every time he listened in on all the panty talk, I find this reaction more normal than his reaction to Mashiro’s offers of sex. I also found myself liking Kisaragi more this episode, while she still shows an exterior image of aloofness, she now comes off as more human and likable. One thing I still find annoying is the whole idea of the elite Flawless school, are all those girls students or prisoners, and what’s the point of keeping them locked up like that, are they trying to protect their virginity or turn them into yuri friends? I would love to see a guy stroll naked through the center of their campus, kind of like Akira’s scene in the first episode of Eden of the East, that would raise some interesting questions. This episode also introducted a true loli characther into mix, at first I thought that Yuuri step-sister Yumina was going to fill that role, but it looks like Nue is going to be the lolicon bait (even though she’s very old, she’s still is a loli at heart).

        Well, it looks like the harem collective is now complete; we have the girl next door, the girl of destiny, the imouto girl, the loli girl, and the serious and quiet girl, so all we have to do is sit back and watch as each girl peddles her wares to Yuuri. As long as Tayutama keeps up the humor level and the action level of episode 4 I think that it’ll be alright.

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     This episode begins with Yuuri being awoken at 5am on Sunday by Mashiroto begin a training session for their upcoming battle with the top three. She smokes his ass for 5 hours then she tells him that she’s sorry for being so tough, and she transfers a small amount of her spiritual to him. He asks her if the big three are really that tough? Well, for Kikurami at full power it would be no problem, but with my current power it’s a fifty-fifty chance. After a while, she asks her husband to not to leave her alone, and just as Marshiro tells Yuurito do as he pleases with her Ameri walks in on them and goes off. Mashiro tells Ameri that it’s a wife duty after all, and Ameri says that Yuuri’s still in school and it’s now the 20th century. Later, Mashiro asks Yuuri’s  father to attend school with Yuuri so she can learn more about modern times.

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       Well, Ameri is very opposed to this idea, but Mashiro makes the argument that Ameri is closed minded, and besides, she was the one that suggested that it’s the 20th century. Well, Yuuri’s dad calls Ameri’s father, who’s one of the school’s directors, and basically threatens him to pull some strings to get Mashiro into Yuuri’s school as a scholarship student, Ameri is not happy about this.

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       Then Yuuri takes Mashiro to school by motorcycle, and she really seems to enjoy herself, while she riding with him she seems to be semi-transparent. At a road crossing, some little children seem to be able to see her, and Mashiro says that it sometimes happens. When they finally get to school, Yuuri tells Mashiro that her tail is showing, and then Sankuro doesn’t even recognize her from the other day. Sankuro is shocked to find out that Mashiro is the little girl from the other day, Mashiro tells Sankuro that she’s here to build harmony between humans and Tayutai. Mashiro also mentions that she’s Yuuri’s wife to Sankuro who’s shocked and even more confused. Soon, Ameri runs into the group and her and Mashiro talk, Mashiro mentions that if anything happens she can use her powers as a god to erase memories.

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      The a a young girl runs up to and hugs Yuuri, it turns out that she’s Yuuri’s younger step-sister, Yumina. Ameri explains to Mashiro that Yumina is different, she’s a Flawless Woman’s School student, and they only have women of high class and very high grades as students. Then as they’re talking, the girl from the other day yells to Yumina to stay away from that guy, it turns out that she’s the Flawless Perfect, Kisaragi Mifuyu. Mashiro tries to stick up for Yuuri but Kisaragi asks if she’s the transfer student? Yes. I’ll be in charge of your transfer exams. Then Yumina asks Mashiro what her relationship with Yuuri is? Mashiro says that she’s now Yuuri’s wife and to please take care of me. Well, this draws a shocking reaction from both Yumina and Kisaragi.

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       Ameri storms into her father’s office and goes off on him about Mashiro. He tells her that no matter what happens, if Mashiro can’t pass the entrance exam she’s can’t join this school. Mashiro tells Yuuri that she’s worried about her test results, she only studied for only one day. When her results come in, Ameri and her father are shocked to see that Mashiro got a perfect score, one of the Flawless administrators says that Mashiro was watched the whole time to ensure that she didn’t cheat. Later, Kisaragi takes Mashiro to see the director of Flawless, and she gets invited to join their part of the school, to live in their dorm, and dedicate her life to studying for the future.

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       Back at home, Mashiro tells Yuuri and his father about this, and she asks them what she should do? Mashiro is confused about what to do, Flawless is a boarding school, Yuuri tells her that he’ll practice really hard without her. Mashiro says that she could use her goddess powers to slip out and meet with Yuuri when she has to. Well, she agrees to attend the flawless academy to help build up the harmony between humans and Tayutai. Mashiro packs her bags and leaves Yuuri a training schedule and some of her friends to help Yuuri train.

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       When Mashiro gets introduced to life at Flawless everything goes well at first, she meets lots of nice and friendly girls who want to meet her and be her friend. But, one of the girls comments about her cute hairstyle, it sort of looks like ears, Mashiro says that they can move, then the girls spot her tail, and Mashiro shows them that it can move too. Well, that scares all the girls, they take off leaving poor Mashiro all by herself. Well, that’s all for this episode.

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       Well, I’d hoped that they wouldn’t have taken the series this way, but they did, does Mashiro really have to attend high school, let alone the elite Flawless academy, for kami’s sake, she’s a goddess. Letting Mashiro attend a elite private all girls school will probably ruin her, I recently read a Japanese semi-fictional novel where the writer asserted that the all girls private school she attended was good at making elite income earners but terrible at making good people. The school was a viper’s nest, full of backstabbers and false friends, and the graduates have much higher failure rate at personal matters than normal high schools graduates have.

      Overall, this series is following the classic harem mold, we have our harem master (Yuuri) and his childhood friend (Ameri), they get along well, but nothing romantic ever happens between them then the new girl (Mashiro) comes along and makes a play for Yuuri. The friend starts to get upset that another girl is trying to steal her guy which always confuses me, they’re not sleeping together, or even dating, or let alone promised to each other. Then this episode also introduces two other girls who will fight for our guy’s attention; Yumina, the loli sister type (a step-sister), and Kisaragi, the elite, my shit doesn’t stink girl. So, the number of girls is slowly growing around our guy, and the only question is how many girls will eventually enter the equation.

      The saving grace for this show is that I like Yuuri, so far he’s not the wimpy harem lead that I find so annoying at times. Now to Mashiro, I like how she come off, while she’s a goddess she struggles with a modern world, she’s quite naive about her real odds or trying to get normal humans to accept the idea of friendship with mythological creatures. Well, so far, I find this show entertaining and enjoyable, it’s more harem than anything else, and as long as the series doesn’t start to annoy me too much I think it’ll be a winner.

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      This series begins with a flashback to the past when a village was being attacked by  Tayutai ( magical creatures from the past), the Tayutai are defeated by two people (a Shinto priest and a goddess), it looks like the Tayutai are broken down into balls of lights that are then sealed into a wood or stone marker. Then we skip forward to the present day to see a boy named Yuuri (Yuu, to the girl) working on a motorbike for a girl (Ameri, Yuuri’s childhood friend), it looks like Yuuri lives on the grounds of a Shinto temple.

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      Then Yuuri’s dad steps into the scene and he tells his son about some trouble at the high school. Yuuri goes to investigate, and he finds a construction site roped off with the seal we saw earlier, in the middle of the site. As he walks towards the seal we see some floating lights revolving around the seal, Yuuri gets interrupted by a girl asking him if he’s a student here. He says yes, and then she tells him to leave. Before Yuuri leaves the site he touches the seal and feels that an important “God” dwells here, the girl again tells him to leave. As Yuuri is leaving, he sees spirits surrounding the girl and attempts to grab them, leading the girl to think that he’s being weird.

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       Later that night, Yuuri asks Ameri and his cousin (Sankuro) to help him out with an exorcism. Then we see Yuuri’s father and uncle sharing a drink and talking about Yuuri, it seems that Yuuri’s father admits that Yuuri’s power is the real deal. Then we see Yuuri prepping for the exorcism with Ameri and Sankuro watching, and after some small talk, Yuuri begins the exorcism. As the exorcism progresses, time stops around the site and ghostly goddess appears above the seal, Yuuri calls her Tayutayu, but she tells him she’s a Tayutai, not Tayutayu. She the says that she’s Kikurami Kami no hime, Yuuri tells them that this is the deity that his family shrine worships. The goddess says that she knows this site is about to be destroyed, and she tells them that this relic houses over 1,500 species of Tayutai totaling about 10,000 in all. She tells them that if the seal is broken the world will thrown into chaos, Yuuri and the others vow to protect this place to the best of their abilities.

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       As the group is talking with the goddess, she tells Yuuri that he reminds her of someone she once knew, and that someday the Tayutai and humans might coexist. Just then, the area is attacked by someone telling the goddess that she makes him laugh, Ameri asks Yuuri what they should do, he tells Ameri to take the bike and flee the area. As Ameri is getting ready to leave, the bike goes out of her control and smashes into the seal causing it to split open. As the Tayutai are freed from the relic, the goddess’s power starts to fade, and the goddess invokes a ancient contract between her and Yuuri’s family. She tells him that he has to look after this child for the future of humans and Tayutai are at stake, a pillar of light splits the sky and a young girl appears in front of the seal.

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       As soon as the girl appears, she begins to attack the spirits we saw earlier, telling them not to bother humans or cause trouble. She says that they probably won’t cause any more trouble. Then we see that a large group of dark spirits flying about them, it says that it can’t listen to talk like this, the girl calls it the Ouryuu Houou (dragon phoenix). The spirits call the girl weak, and Yuuri asks if those were the sealed spirits? The girl tells him that those were the strongest and most troublesome of the Tayutai, the spirits call the girl Kikurami, and they say that they’ll pay her back for the 500 years of being sealed.

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        The dark spirits attack Kikurami, she tries to fend then off but they soon overpowers her, she’s smashed into the relic and knocked out, and the dark spirits leave saying that it would be too easy killing her now. The group takes the unconscious girl back to Yuuri’s house, where they watch the news of the troublesome Tayutai already causing problems. Yuuri, his father, and the other two discuss the problem of Kikurami, Yuuri’s father says that they have no choice but help, the goddess that their shrine worships request their help, and after all the girl is probably another form of the goddess. He places the responsibility of caring for Kikurami in Yuuri’s hands because he has more abilities than his father. A little while later, Yuuri asks his cousin Sankuro to make sure that Ameri gets home safely.

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     When Kikurami wakes up, she tells Yuuri that she’s hungry, Yuuri feeds her some of Ameri’s rice balls as she sits on his lap. Kikurami tell him that her body isn’t complete so she’s just overexerted, and needs to rest. Kikurami calls him Yachimata and he tells Kikurami to call him Yuuri, she calls him Yuuri-san and says that it is a nice name, and Yuuri calls her small Kikurami-sama to which she says that it’s not right to call her Kikurami because right know there’s too much difference between their forms. So, she asks Yuuri to give her a name? Well, he looks to the bag of marshmallows, and calls her Mashiro, but he says he can’t name her that, it’s too late, Kikurami starts calling herself Mashiro, and soon the minor Tayutai agree with the name.

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        Then Mashiro tells Yuuri that he’s good around girls and asks him how his wife is doing? He says that he’s still in school and not married, but he realizes that back in Kikurami’s days, coming of age was a lot younger. She tells him that he has an adult body and that marrying late is bad for the mind and body, does he at least have a lover or mistress, maybe that girl Ameri? No. So, Mashiro tells Yuuri to marry her, but he says that she’s too young. Will it be OK when I get older? Yes. Then Mashiro says that we’ll make an oath, she turns and kisses him, she says that the oath is now sealed, and they’ll live together, forever. Mashiro then falls asleep in Yuuri’s arms, and he puts her to bed and says that she’s too young.

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      The next morning, Yuuri goes to check on Mashiro and he walks in on her while she’s naked, she starts screaming and soon Ameri see the naked girl and starts calling Yuuri a pervert. But, soon Ameri stops her screaming because she realizes that the girl knows her name, and then she figures out that the girl is Kikurami. Mashiro tells Ameri the she’s called Mashiro and that she’s Yuuri’s future wife, Ameri demands to know how far he got in just one night? Mashiro asks Yuuri if he already forgot his oath, and she rushes to his side and says thanks to his loving care she’s been able to recover to this level. Then his father walks in and says, wow what a beautiful girl, they then give Mashiro a kimono to wear, and she looks stunning in it. When Mashiro finds out that it was Yuuri’s mother’s kimono, she says that she feels the responsibility of wearing it. Mashiro bows to Yuuri and her father-in-law and pays her respects to them. Mashiro then tells Yuuri that they must prepare to battle the three strongest Tayutai, Yuuri must fulfill the old contract, and the future is in his hands. Well, that’s all for this episode.

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        Well, this episode turned out to be a lot better than I thought it be. While the premise of a live in goddess is a silly one, and one that’s been done many times over in manga and anime, I still found it to be interesting and enjoyable. Yuuri is different from many of the typical leading male characters in a harem type anime, he’s not wimpy, nor is he clumsy, or is he stupid, and he’s not total buffoon around girls, so that’s already a plus. Ameri, Yuuri’s childhood friend is typical of the girl next door from these types of shows, she gets threatened when a new girl comes around treading on her home turf. Yuuri’s cousin Sankuro seems pretty cool and laid back about the whole exorcism and goddess thing, like it happens everyday around there. Yuuri’s father is pretty open to the idea of Kikurami prancing around the property, and since his wife is dead that means that their house will be a pretty wild place, kind of like a bachelor pad.

      I also really liked how small Kikurami-sama/Mashiro is played, innocent and randy at the same time. If you’ve ever studied the historic behaviors of the Shinto priests, Buddhist monks, and the Kami that they worshipped at the time, you’ll know that they were a very randy bunch. Monks and priests fooled around with females all the time, be they married, single, divine or mortal. The Kami, male or female, also were known to bestow more then just blessings on their followers, and several kami were known to have taken mortal lovers, or married and had children with mortals. So, in historical context it’s not out of the question of a female kami to take a mortal husband or lover, but because of their immortality it won’t last forever.

      In closing, I’ll be looking forward to watching how Mashiro’s and Yuuri’s relationship develops, and seeing if they really will fulfill their oath. The only other thing I have to say is that Yuuri’s one lucky dog, and that I want my very own lap goddess too.  

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